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Carol Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s mother, dies aged 83

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Jon Bon JoviMother, Carol BongioviHe died three days before his 84th birthday.

In a statement shared with People Bon Jovi, 62, on behalf of his family, the music icon paid tribute to his mother’s many qualities. “Our mother was a force to be reckoned with, her spirit and positive attitude shaped this family,” Bon Jovi said. “We will miss her greatly.”

The outlet reported that Carol, who was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, July 9, at New York’s Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey.

a former playboy Carol, who became an entrepreneur and ran several businesses, founded the fan club for Bon Jovi’s eponymous band. She was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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While serving, Carol met her husband, John Bongiovi, Sr.and the couple eventually moved to Sayreville, New Jersey, to raise their family.

Carol had been married to John for 63 years, according to Entertainment Tonight.

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Bon Jovi attributed his success to his parents during a 2020 interview with Big problem“Even if you weren’t really good at your craft, if you believed you were, you could work at it,” he told the outlet. “As I got older, I realized that it was a great gift that I received from my parents. They really believed in John Kennedy’s mantra of going to the moon. ‘Yes, of course you can go to the moon. Just go, Johnny.’ And off I went.”

The “Livin’ on a Prayer” hitmaker continued: “They always had my back, which in retrospect was amazing. Because I could get home at one or two in the morning and still have to be at school at eight. They just said, get to school on time, you know it’s your responsibility, but pursue your dream.”

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The news comes after a period of euphoria for the Bongiovi family, with Bon Jovi recently speaking out about his son. Jake Bongiovi’s wedding with Strange things star Millie Bobby Brown.

“They’re brilliant, absolutely fantastic, it was a very small family wedding and the bride was gorgeous and Jake is very happy,” Bon Jovi said on the BBC programme. The only show May 28th.

The couple married earlier that month in an intimate ceremony, with Sun reporting on May 24 that they have plans for a “bigger ceremony” later this year.

Carol is survived by her husband, three sons and daughters-in-law (Dorothea and Bon Jovi, Antonio and Nina Yang Bongiovietc Matthew and Desiree Bongiovi), as well as his eight grandchildren.

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